DUMBARTON’S first fixture of 2023 is a top-of-the-table clash, with second-placed Stirling Albion visitors to Dumbarton Football Stadium.
Four points ahead of the Binos before the game, Sons hope to finish the day with a bigger cushion as the cinch League Two season enters its second half.
However, they are only too aware that they will need to be on top of their game if they are to repeat their victory on Stirling’s last visit to G82, in July.
Manager Stevie Farrell is optimistic that back to back victories over the festive season stand his squad in good stead to face Stirling, who themselves have won their last two.
He said: “We are looking forward to the game, but must keep our feet on the ground if we are to extend our lead at the top.
“It is 90 minutes of football, just like any other week. Nothing will be confirmed no matter what the result, but the three points are important all the same and it is absolutely our aim to get them.
“We will have our gameplan for the match and we know Stirling will arrive with plans of their own. We just have to execute our plans well.
“The players are raring to go after training this week. They have shown a fantastic attitude once again and hopefully the result can be a reward for their hard work.”
Aron Lynas could return to the squad after missing the 1-0 win over Albion Rovers with a hamstring injury.
Edin Lynch, who took a knock at Cliftonhill, is doubtful and Declan Byrne and John Gemmell are out. Byrne has returned to training but is not yet fit enough to be involved in the squad.
Stevie added: “Supporters play a key role in our ambitions, and they had a big part in our victory at Cliftonhill. Their continued backing spurred us on to win a tough contest.
“Another victory tomorrow would of course be excellent and we look forward to seeing our supporters back at home – they can make a big difference again. We really appreciate their continued support.”
Admission for fans paying on the day costs £15 for adults, £10 for concessions (over-65s and students – valid ID required) and £5 for under-16s.
You can purchase a ticket in advance of arriving at the stadium.
Season ticket holders and Young Sons members, of course, need only produce their pass at the turnstile tomorrow to gain entry.
Away supporters will be situated in the west stand, but will be able to enter through the east turnstiles and make use of Bar 72 before the game.
Fans will be able to vote for Dumbarton’s player of the month for December at the ballot box in the bar ahead of the game.
Greg Soutar is the referee tomorrow, assisted by John McCrossan and Scott Anderson.